JIM WEBB’S MO­MENT

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

One of Mrs. Clin­ton’s pos­si­ble ri­vals is gaz­ing stead­fastly at her bil­lion dollar pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. That would be Jim Webb, a po­ten­tial Demo­cratic ri­val for the White House. The pop­ulist, cen­trist, for­mer U.S. se­na­tor from Vir­ginia brings quite a bit to the ta­ble — he was also a U.S. Marine com­pany com­man­der in Viet­nam who was awarded the Navy Cross, the Sil­ver Star, two Bronze Stars and two Pur­ple Hearts. Then he went to law school and be­came a coun­sel to Congress, a Har­vard Uni­ver­sity scholar, an as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of de­fense and sec­re­tary of the Navy. Among other things, he au­thored 10 books — most re­cently on ti­tled “I Hear My Coun­try Call­ing.” And at the mo­ment, he’s ex­am­in­ing the cam­paign bat­tle­field.

“We are look­ing at it and look­ing at it hard. I have been in­de­pen­dent all my po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. It’s how I could work com­fort­ably in the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion and then com­fort­ably serve as a Demo­crat. But we’re never go­ing to have this fi­nan­cial leviathan ma­chine that is go­ing to pull in $2.5 bil­lion, as some peo­ple do. I’m never go­ing to have a po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant at my side whis­per­ing what I should say, or how I should dress or whether I ought to go to Wal-Mart or not,” Mr. Webb re­cently told CNN.

“But what we do have is long ex­pe­ri­ence on the is­sues in and out of gov­ern­ment, strong be­liefs about where the coun­try needs to go, and I think the kind of lead­er­ship that — where we can gov­ern and we can pull in peo­ple who love our coun­try and try to de­velop some strong po­si­tions on fair­ness at home and com­mon sense and for­eign pol­icy,” he added.

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“What we do have is long ex­pe­ri­ence on the is­sues in and out of gov­ern­ment, strong be­liefs about where the coun­try needs to go, and I think the kind of lead­er­ship that — where we can gov­ern and we can pull in peo­ple who love our coun­try and try to de­velop

some strong po­si­tions on fair­ness at home and com­mon sense and for­eign pol­icy,” said for­mer Sen. Jim Webb, Vir­ginia Demo­crat.

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